Chinese Takeout

Follow these steps to become a take-off on takeout.

Carryout Container

What You Need:

Chow down the competition with this costume.
  • Cardboard box
  • 4 yards of 36-inch-wide red paper (sold off the roll at art supply stores)
  • Gold paper
  • Two 1-yard lengths of 1-1/2-inch ribbon
  • Packing tape
  • Utility knife


1. Cut a hole in the bottom of the box large enough to allow your child to comfortably walk. Trim the top four flaps so they are 8 inches tall.

2. Wrap and tape red paper around the box and all flour flaps. Cut designs out of the gold paper and glue them around the front and back of the box.

3. Cut two pairs of 2-inch horizontal slits -- leaving a 1/2-inch space between slits -- on the front of the box. In the same manner, cut two pairs of slits on the back of the box.

4. To make the shoulder straps, thread one end of a ribbon through the pair of slits in the front and back of the box. Repeat this process with the second ribbon. Adjust the length of the ribbons to fit your child, and securely knot each ribbon end inside the box.


What You Need:

  • Shirt
  • 1/2 x 12 x 36-inch white plastic foam sheet
  • Utility knife


1. Lay the plastic foam sheet on a protected work surface. With the utility knife, cut irregular grains of rice approximately 1x6 inches long. Gently compress the edges of each piece of rice with your fingertips to strength it and give it a rounded appearance. Hot-glue the finished rice to the front and back of the shirt. Reserve a few pieces to glue onto the brim of the hat.


What You Need:

  • Three 12 x 18-inch sheets of light brown craft foam
  • 1 sheet of white foam
  • Floral wire
  • Black paint marker
  • Khaki hat
  • Stapler


1. To make the fortunate cookie hat, stack two sheets of brown craft foam together. Trim off each corner to make a half circle. Staple the length of the 18-inch straight edge together.

2. Open up the rounded edges and bring them over the stapled edge. Line them up and staple the length of edges together.

3. Pull the corners of the craft foam sheets together, creating the fortune-cookie shape. Hot-glue the underside of the folded cookie to the top of the hat.

4. Cut two 3-inch-wide strips of white craft foam, and write a message on each with black paint marker. Glue floral wire to the underside of the messages. Glue one end of each message between the stapled edge on either side of the cookie.

5. Cut a 1 x1 8-inch strip from the third sheet of foam, and hot-glue it over the stapled edge. Where this trip of trim meets the fortune, cut it in half lengthwise and then glue the thin strips over and under the message. Cut a 1/2 x 18-inch strip of craft foam and glue along the top of the 1-inch strip, creating the appearance of a cookie's edge.


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